With unerring curiousity and sensitivity, director Philbert portrays the difficulties and joys of being deaf, offering vivid portraits of people of all ages coping with and surmounting their challenges.
Jacques Lemonnier of IBM France, Francois Dalle of L’Oreal and other ultrapowerful French moguls are surprisingly candid – and cold-blooded – as they discuss their attitudes about business in this startling 1978 documentary. After sounding off about unions, strikes, hierarchy and management, the subjects realized how callous they sounded and managed to convince the French government to suppress the film.
China, Cambodia and Bangladesh have known for two years violent movements of workers’ protests. Outsourcing of the subcontractors for a poor country to another are not without consequences. With the awareness of workers and soaring prices, social stability of these countries is no longer guaranteed. The protests and walkouts multiply. Facing the dull anger but rising of these workers, the authorities can not remain inert. This documentary describes the increasing power of a new protest generation of workers, younger, and less docile. To discuss this problem, this film survey examines the question of social relationships in Chinese companies, including Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant, which is the largest employer in China.
“Land of Whispers” invites you to visit arguably the most unique and isolated travel destination in the world – not to criticize, but to observe and listen. Aside from usual highlights such as Pyongyang or Arirang, this unique one-man documentary brings you to areas such as Chongjin or Wonson, still virtually unknown to even google or wikipedia. There, I attempt to pierce through the ever-present ‘national mythology’ and as much as possible, I try to connect with people – such as the waitress mesmerized by tablet computers, or a tour guide cautiously fascinated by modern pop culture.
All speak of the “problem of foreigners” in West Germany. This film deliberately shows that this issue is primarily a German problem. the very personal story of Melek, a Turkish 38, after living 14 years in West Berlin, decides to return to their homeland account. The film portrays a woman out of the ordinary, one juggler of survival, a woman who forces us to rethink the image is generally on Turkish women. Melek does not let pigeonhole commonplace. And, in the same way, it is difficult to label the film about Melek: It is a mix between documentary and fiction, a mixture of associations and images of Berlin and Turkey. The film is an attempt to describe the invisible wounds that are afflicted with a foreign worker in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Documentary. The tranquil woods of the Loire Valley embrace the La Borde psychiatric clinic, an asylum in the truest sense of the word, where patients find sanctuary and repose. Patients and staff work together in rehearsals and preparations for their annual summer play. This year, they perform the modernist, absurdist classic, “Operette,” by Witold Gombrowicz, whose dialogue is more nonsensical than that of the patients themselves.
Ala-Arriba! (1942) José Leitão de Barros, Ilidio Rocha Silvestre, Elsa Bea-Flor, João Moço, Romance, Documentary, Drama
In a village of poor fishermen in the North of Portugal, João Moço and Julha fall in love. Unfortunately they belong to two different fisher castes and the community as well as their respective families condemn their love…
Amanece en La Habana. La ciudad despierta y comienza el día. La Habana, hoy, es un punto de referencia para muchos, un misterio para otros y un sueño lleno de contradicciones y contrastes para quienes la aman o la critican. Pero La Habana no es sólo un espacio, una sonoridad, una luz; La Habana es su gente. Y Suite Habana es un día cualquiera en la vida de unos cuantos habaneros corrientes. No hay entrevistas, ni diálogos ni narración; sólo imágenes, sonidos y música para expresar cinematográficamente el día a día de una realidad peculiar y única. Cada uno de los personajes representa la curiosa diversidad de los grupos sociales que se mueven en la ciudad… porque no hay una sola Habana: hay muchas Habanas invisibles y distintas para vivir.
Biquefarre is a small farm in Aveyron. The changing economics of farming lead Raoul, in late middle age, to decide to sell and move to Toulouse. At least two neighboring farmers want to buy Biquefarre: Lucien and the young Marcel. Behind the scenes, Henri, whose brother is Marcel’s father and who is also Lucien’s brother-in-law, negotiates with Raoul so that Marcel’s father can secretly sweeten Marcel’s offer. Will dad and uncle succeed? In the background is the hard daily work of farming: milking cows, harvesting at night, and finding help when a farmer falls ill. Progress brings challenges: polluted water, factory farms, and skyrocketing land prices.